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NCSF Mission Statement

The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions.

The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM-Leather-Fetish, Swing, and Polyamory Communities.

We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities.

Consent Counts!
  • Consent Counts Program Description

     The Consent Counts project involves the BDSM communities in a nationwide education and activism program coordinated and led by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.  This multifaceted campaign includes a comprehensive is analysis of current laws and court decisions, the development of legal arguments for changing the laws, participating in court cases, and ultimately, through lobbying, education and grass-roots activism, changing state laws and the way the public and the courts view BDSM.  An important element of the project also includes an Educational Outreach Program (EOP) to educate our own communities of the current state of the law, of the effort NCSF is undertaking and to involve them in our strategic planning process and development of “best practices” by which we can protect ourselves and facilitate change. 

    Click here to go to the Consent Counts Program Page


    Written on Monday, 27 February 2012 11:33
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Incident Response
  • What Is Incident Reporting & Response

    NCSF is a resource for the members of the kink, poly and Lifestyle communities and for people seeking information about them. If you engage in BDSM, fetishes or non-monogamy practices, and you are being persecuted or discriminated against because of it, please contact NCSF. If you need help removing kink or non-monogamy as a barrier to public services, please contact NCSF. If your group or business needs help with outreach to local officials, please contact NCSF.  GET HELP NOW!

    Feeling alone in your fight for your rights? NCSF's Incident Response Program may be able to help.The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF)’s Incident Reporting & Response (IRR) 

    The issue must openly, directly, and specifically relate to BDSM, swing or poly activities between consenting adults; in other words, the problems you face must relate to or be caused from your involvement in BDSM, swing or poly without question.

    NCSF is not legal aid, nor do we offer specific legal advice for individuals. NCSF is a resource for the members of the kink, poly and Lifestyle communities and for people seeking information about them. NCSF provides publicly available information on kink and nonmonogamy for consenting adults. NCSF assists individuals in removing discrimination as a barrier to public services when they make a request to our Incident Reporting & Response program. We also advocate on behalf of the BDSM, swing and polyamory communities.

     

     


    Incident Reporting & Response – 2015 Annual Report
    By Susan Wright

    NCSF's Incident Reporting & Response provides informational resources about kink and non-monogamy and referrals to kink aware professionals. 198 requests for help were received in 2015, compared to 184 requests received in 2014. Professionals who requested information to better serve kinky people included: academics, social services, vanilla nonprofit organizations & events, authors, merchant services, and insurance brokers.

    Criminal

    72 people requested informational resources and referrals to kink aware professionals involved criminal issues:

    39 requests from victims of assault, sexual assault, sexual harassment and blackmail
    14 requests from people who have been accused of consent violation (5 were requests for Kink Aware Professional who could serve as an expert witness in a trial)
    5 involved requests from pro-dommes
    4 people were called as witnesses in a criminal trial and were thereby outed
    3 involved photographs of BDSM scenes or marks
    7 involved other criminal issues such as parole violations, bigamy, sex laws and obscenity law.

    Group Issues

    50 groups requested informational resources and referrals to kink aware professionals involving organizational matters. This more than doubled the requests in 2014, with the majority of those asking for information on dealing with consent violations:

    24 groups and events requested information on dealing with consent violations
    16 groups and events requests info and referrals regarding zoning and setting up a group
    7 groups and events requested assistance with media incidents
    2 groups requested help with liability issues
    1 group requested help when they were sued by a member over age discrimination

    Child Custody

    30 people requested informational resources and referrals to kink aware professionals regarding child custody or divorce. 26 involved child custody issues, down from 37 in 2014:

    16 involved BDSM, with 4 involving photos taken from FetLife
    8 involved polyamory (1 involved both polyamory and BDSM)
    2 involved pro-dominatrices
    4 were divorce cases, with 2 involving photos taken from FetLife

    This continues the trend in a sharp decline in the number of child custody cases involving BDSM since the DSM-5 proposed revisions came out in 2012:

    2015 – 19 people
    2014 – 37 people
    2012 – 87 people
    2011 – 115 people
    2010 – 125 people
    2009 – 132 people

    Additional Requests

    There were 46 other requests for informational resources and/or referrals to kink aware professionals:

    23 professionals requested information about kink or polyamory to better serve their clients
    10 people requested assistance with discrimination because they are kinky or polyamorous
    6 people requested assistance with media exposure
    4 pro-dommes requested resources on setting up their business legally
    3 involved threats of outing without blackmail

    For updates and details on IRR requests, look for our quarterly IRR reports in the NCSF Newsletter. Sign up by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


    NCSF is not legal aid, nor do we offer specific legal advice for individuals. NCSF is a resource for the members of the kink, poly and Lifestyle communities and for people seeking information about them. NCSF provides publicly available information on kink and nonmonogamy for consenting adults. We advocate on behalf of the BDSM, swing and polyamory communities. 

    Unfortunately, due to limited resources the NCSF is only able to take the cases that meet the criteria set by our mission. All of our work is done by volunteers and we accept no payment for our services.

    We are however happy to receive donations earmarked specifically for use in the IRR Program. Click here to donate,  Make sure you note "Incident Reporting & Response" or "IRR" in the comment box if you want to restrict your donation. We do provide basic information as resources dictate and referrals to professionals as part of our Kink Aware Professionals database.

    The criteria for acceptance listed were developed to meet the primary concerns of our voting constituencies, our Coalition Partners. When the NCSF agrees to take a case the impact can be realized by all of our constituents as a whole and therefore it is up to the policies set in motion by NCSF Coalition Partners to decide whether existing resources allow for a case to be handled effectively.

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